Heart of Palm

Author(s): Laura Lee Smith
Original Publish Date: Apr 02, 2013
Product Number: EB00640956
Released: Mar 11, 2016
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9780802193568
Publisher: Grove Atlantic
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"A spirited Southern family saga" from the acclaimed author of The Ice House: "Fans of Fannie Flagg will enjoy this novel" (The Plain Dealer). Once enlivened by the trade in Palm Sunday palms and moonshine, Utina, Florida, hasn't seen economic growth in decades, and no family is more emblematic of the local reality than the Bravos. Deserted by the patriarch years ago, the Bravos are held together in equal measure by love, unspoken blame, and tenuously brokered truces. The story opens on a sweltering July day, as Frank Bravo, dutiful middle son, is awakened by a distress call. Frank dreams of escaping to cool mountain rivers, but he's only made it ten minutes from the family restaurant he manages every day and the decrepit, Spanish moss–draped house he was raised in, and where his strong-willed mother and spitfire sister—both towering redheads, equally matched in stubbornness—are fighting another battle royale. Little do any of them know that Utina is about to meet the tide of development that has already engulfed the rest of Northeast Florida. When opportunity knocks, tempers ignite, secrets are unearthed, and each of the Bravos is forced to confront the tragedies of their shared past. "An incandescent first novel set in the small town of Utina, Florida, whose inhabitants struggle to balance tradition and progress." —O, The Oprah Magazine "Intelligence, heart, wit . . . Laura Lee Smith has all the tools and Heart of Palm is a very impressive first novel." —Richard Russo, Pulitzer Prize–winning author of Empire Falls

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